Facing lackluster sales in the US, Amazon may be moving toward selling the device in the UK, ending the AT&T and US market exclusive. Although when it arrives in Britain it will continue its network exclusivity by being solely available on O2. According to the Financial Times, the announcement between the two companies is expected as early as next week.
Given its mixed reviews and competitor flagship devices, the Fire Phone is losing ground quickly. Hopefully people in the UK will take to it enough to help Amazon bolster its numbers. Of course, only time will tell.
source: The Financial Times
If you like odd phone accessories, we’ve got something that you’re really going to enjoy. UK carrier O2 is launching a new line of Talk to the Hand gloves, which basically let you talk to your hand. A collaboration between O2 and artist Sean Miles, these gloves are essentially Bluetooth headsets built into a glove for your smartphone with the ability to answer calls and talk on the phone built right in. Sure, you’re going to look really, really weird, but it’s a cool concept.
The coolest part about the gloves is that they’re made from old recycled phones. The entire project was really just a way to push recycling into the spotlight and prove that old electronics can be recycled for some pretty neat new uses. So don’t trash those old phones just because you upgrade to something newer and better; they’ve still got some life left in them outside of your desk drawer or a landfill.
source: Pocket Lint
After a false start at taking pre-orders last week for Google’s new LG Nexus 4 smartphone, prompting an apology from Carphone Warehouse, it looks like things are back on track for UK buyers to place their order. The pre-order page has reappeared with an expected delivery date of November 13th, the same date Google indicates the device will be available for purchase at the Google Play Store.
Pricing for the LG Nexus 4 via Carphone Warehouse is listed as free for customers signing up for a new line or upgrade starting at £31 ($50 USD) per month for the 16GB version, although adding data pushes the price up. Carphone Warehouse lists the device as being available for O2 or Vodafone subscribers. The LG Nexus 4 will be available for £239 ($383 USD) via the Google Play Store, so you will need to do your math to figure out whether a subsidized phone is the better deal. Hit the source link for more details or to start your order.
source: Carphone Warehouse
UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.
Several UK mobile network providers, the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom, and other government officials have announced a deal that will accelerate the rollout of 4G LTE services throughout the UK. The settlement means carriers like O2 and Vodafone will likely be able to start deploying their 4G LTE networks in early 2013, about six months earlier than originally thought.
UK carrier EE was previously granted permission to use some of their existing 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G LTE network purposes and they were expected to start that rollout this fall. However, other UK carriers like O2 and Vodafone had been threatening to launch legal action claiming the permission to use the spectrum for 4G services was improper and that EE was being given an unfair advantage. Ofcom has now agreed to accelerate the approval process for 4G LTE services for other carriers after a planned January action of old analog television spectrum occurs in January 2013.
With the agreement, EE is anticipated to announce the imminent launch of their 4G LTE network. They have indicated they have plans to deploy the service to 16 UK cities before the end of the year and to 98% of the UK by 2014. Other carriers will be behind with their deployments which should now occur sometime in early 2013, but with the agreement the head start that EE gets will not be as great.
The settlement means the UK will be able to start to catch back up to other countries that already have 4G LTE services well established. As Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive notes, consumers are the big winners as they will not have to wait for “a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.”
We finally have a clearer picture of the upcoming HTC One X+, but unfortunately it doesn’t tell us much other than it has some EVO-like accents and its continued proof that the phone does exist. It’s not like we questioned it anyway, but what we really want to know is when can we get our hands on one? Supposedly it’s destined for at least T-Mobile in the U.S. and O2 in the UK, but there are rumors that it has been delayed to fit a bigger battery. As far as the rest of the specs, everything is pretty much confirmed except for the display size and RAM. I would assume the display size will be the same as the One X’s 4.7-inch Super LCD 2, and I’m hopeful the RAM will come in at 2GB.
I’m excited that the U.S. is finally getting LTE phones with quad-core processors. Other than the One X+, we have the Galaxy Note II, the DROID Incredible X, and the LG Optimus G (or most likely the Eclipse here in the U.S.) all landing in the U.S. by year’s end. It should be a “super fast” fall this year!!
When the Sony Xperia T is finally available in the U.K., buyers will have the opportunity to grab a unique version of the new smartphone. Dubbed “The Bond Phone”, U.K. carrier O2 has announced they will be the exclusive source for a Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T. Already named the official phone for the next Bond film, this move takes Sony’s marketing of the device to yet another level as fans prepare for the release of the 007 thriller.
Late last week, UK wireless carrier O2 announced via their company blog that they had decided to not rollout an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a trio of Sony smartphones. O2 indicated they had conducted extensive testing of ICS on the devices and determined the impact on the phones’ speed and performance would lead to a negative user experience. The devices impacted are the Sony Xperia Ray, Sony Xperia Arc and Sony Xperia Neo. Amidst claims of putting customers first, O2 indicates they will keep the devices on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
After we saw the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 LTE try to sneak past FCC offices, we now know the device is very much real and on its way— well in Germany at least. A coy video has popped up using Germany’s O2 network and highlighting the network’s superior LTE speeds pushing through to the speedy tablet. Okay sure there’s no idea of when the Germans (or other LTE markets in the world for that matter) can expect to see the LTE variant in stores, but hey— at least seeing the video in action means the Transformer Pad TF300 LTE will be here sooner than we know it. You can check out a quick walkthrough of the video below as well as the LTE benchmarks.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is known to be coming in both Marble White and Pebble Blue. It has previously been rumored that the blue version would be experiencing shipping delays, but they were mostly just that… rumors. Now, we have some concrete evidence, sadly, that these rumors are proving to be true.
Vodafone UK is stating that the 16GB Marble White version will indeed be available this week, but the Pebble Blue variant (and the 32GB white variant) will appear at least two to four weeks later. Clove also states folks will have to wait until at least June 5th before a Pebble Blue phone is spotted.
UK retailer Handtec isn’t even as specific, posting this on their blog:
Update Monday 28th May 2012. We have been notified that the Pebble Blue Samsung S3 will be delayed (no date confirmed) but white models are scheduled to be released on 31st May 2012. If you have ordered a blue version and would like to change to the white – please send us an email to info(@)handtec.co.uk
O2 is reporting “out of stock”, Orange has left their product page as “coming soon”, and T-Mobile UK is still taking pre-orders with no shipping date.
Finally, Tesco has posted the following on their site:
“Please note: we have been advised by Samsung that stock of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Blue has been delayed. We will despatch your pre-order as soon as stock is available.”
Any way you look at it, it’s obvious the Pebble Blue S III is delayed. There is no official word from Samsung as to why these delays are occurring, but stay tuned as we bring you any news as it comes.
via: android central